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Head gasket GRRRRRRRRRRR, this car is pants!!! think head gasket has gone, as there is mayonaise on the inside of the oil cap and the end of the dipstick. Somebody has said that its not worth trying to fix, Has anybody had any experience with this? and what are your thoughts? Thank you for your time and advice. Alicia :)

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Is there any loss of coolant in your overflow canister?How many kilometers or miles do you do daily?Short trips can cause sludge build up.Change oil every three months when you don't reach the recommended mileage.Good quality oil is always worth its price,no matter what mileage the vehicle.

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IT all depends on the mileage on car and shape otherwise. it will probably run you close to a grand to have repaired as long as head is not cracked. value of car is basically around same as price to fix. So if you are planning on getting another car in near future anyway now might be the time. Also take into account some times high mileage cars after having a head job done will tend to start using some oil. There is also the fact of how long it has run with coolant getting in oil. this washes bearings and cause more wear. hope this helps

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